Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology


Program Description

Combine your interest in Agriculture and Technology and be at the forefront of the industry with Melbourne Polytechnic's Agriculture and Technology bachelor degree, offered in partnership with La Trobe University.

The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology is a unique three-year degree with major studies in:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agronomy
  • Aquaculture
  • Viticulture and Winemaking

Note – Local students

Local or Domestic students should note that this degree is offered through Melbourne Polytechnic in partnership with La Trobe University. Graduates will have their degrees conferred by La Trobe University, and degree testamurs will feature the La Trobe seal and logo.

Focusing on agriculture needs for your future

Offering essential business and practical skills, this industry-focused degree combines the experience and expertise of specialists from La Trobe University’s Food, Agriculture and Bioscience Department and Melbourne Polytechnic’s Primary Industries Department.

Learn to apply theory and practice within the agriculture industry and prepare for a career within areas as diverse as farming, agribusiness, aquaculture, agronomy, viticulture and winemaking.

Modern facilities in a rural setting

You will have access to some of Australia’s best industrial training facilities, including:

  • commercial scale aquaculture centre with indoor recirculating systems
  • agriculture broad-acre farm
  • cell grazing systems and laboratories
  • access to four vineyards at Yarra Glen, Eden Park, Ararat and Yan Yean
  • access to two wineries – 250 tonne at Ararat and 100 tonne at Epping

Entrance Requirements

  • satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), with a study score of at least 20 in English (any), OR
  • satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
  • relevant industry experience defined as professional engagement in the Agriculture, Viticulture, Aquaculture or Agribusiness industry for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level

Note: Domestic/Local students may undertake the course on a part-time basis

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments


You will be required to purchase textbooks and notes. Book lists will be available at enrolment

Pathways to further study

Successful completion means you can go on to further post-graduate study in Agriculture - you could consider a Masters qualification in any of the majors

Career Pathways

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the agriculture, viticulture and winemaking, agribusiness and aquaculture industries

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Last updated May 2019

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About the School

Melbourne Polytechnic has been delivering vocational training since 1912 and today offers a diverse range of innovative, hands-on TAFE (VET) and Higher Education (Degree) programs to equip you with th ... Read More

Melbourne Polytechnic has been delivering vocational training since 1912 and today offers a diverse range of innovative, hands-on TAFE (VET) and Higher Education (Degree) programs to equip you with the knowledge and skills to excel in an evolving and challenging marketplace. Melbourne Polytechnic courses are designed and developed with industry participation to give students the best employment outcomes. Melbourne Polytechnic has seven metropolitan campuses, Preston, Collingwood, Epping, Fairfield, Greensborough Campus and Heidelberg. Each campus provides an individual, unique and enriching student experience. Read less